The Defence Forces have a requirement to enlist, into the various services within the Force, people with specialist qualifications or skills in order to fill vacant appointments. Personnel who fill these vacancies are enlisted as Direct Entries in the case of officers.

Naval Service Engineer Officer

Electrical/ Electronic Engineer Officers are commissioned members of the Naval Service. Electrical/ Electronic Engineer Officers are an integral part of the support structure for the operation of the Naval Service. They carry out a variety of duties at sea and onshore. They ensure that the electrical and electronic systems for naval vessels are fully operational at all times.

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Army Engineer Officer

Engineer Officers are commissioned members of the Army Corp of Engineers, a Combat Support Corp. The primary role of the Corp of Engineers is to help the army live, move and fight while denying the same to the enemy — this involves such varied tasks as Camp building and life support, mine clearance operations, route clearance and Defence Forces installation maintenance and construction.

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Medical Doctor

A Medical Officer is a specialist Officer who practices medicine within the Defence Forces both at home and overseas. Medical practice focuses on health protection and education, primary care and environmental medicine. The role comes with very real physical and mental challenges.

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Dental Officer

As a Dentist in the Irish Defence Forces, your professionalism plays an important role in every mission. On active duty, soldiers simply cannot afford to be disarmed by dental problems. Not when their personal safety, and that of their comrades, depends upon it.

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Military Instrumentalists provide musical support for all aspects of military life, including ceremonial parades, graduations, ship ceremonies, etc. They also perform at government functions and public performances, both at home and overseas.

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Army Grooms

The Army Groom is a skilled worker in the Army Equitation School capable of competently carrying out the range of tasks required in the role of groom including stable routine and maintenance, grooming, feeding and exercising horses. 

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